Some slanderous and discriminative views have emerged from Republican supporters this week, including praising the Boy Scouts of America’s decision to ban gays and insisting that a member of Hillary Clinton’s staff has links to terrorism.
On the Boy Scouts issue, Think Progress reports:
On his radio show yesterday,Mike Huckabee spelled out in no uncertain terms that he believes the policy is “right” because it protects boys from abuse.
He welcomed a call from a listener who had been abused by his scout leader, and Huckabee agreed that part of the definition of “homosexual” is molesting children.
Comments like Huckabee’s (and the Liberty Counsel’s) are egregiously offensive and harmful. Drawing a connection between homosexuality and pedophilia is the same weak argument John Briggs was making 40 years ago in an attempt to ban gay teachers in California.
It’s unfounded slander against the entire gay community.
It’s not just the male republicans harbouring poisonous views. Appallingly, Michele Bachman has been attacking Muslim staff, including one of her own colleagues. Think Progress reports:
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is doubling down on her Islamaphobic attacks against a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, even as a growing number of Republicans are repudiating Bachmann’s charges as “nothing less than an unwarranted and unfounded attack on an honorable citizen.
During an appearance on Glenn Beck’s radio show on Thursday, Bachmann reiterated her suspicions that Clinton’s deputy chief of staff, Huma Abedin, has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, noting, “her late father who’s now deceased was a part of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Her brother was a part of the Muslim Brotherhood, and her mother was a part of what’s called the Muslim Sisterhood.” Earlier this week, Bachmann accused Abedin of working on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood in a letter with four colleagues to the State Department’s Inspector General demanding an investigation.
With such abhorrent views as these, why would anyone want to vote this party into power?